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ABI Research’s smart cities coverage examines the applications, services, and opportunities in the smart city arena including street lighting, trash collection, utilities, cooperative mobility, and intelligent transportation. We delve into key technologies and paradigms, such as big data and analytics, open platforms, citizen participation, and community crowdsourcing.

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Smart Cities Platforms and Standards

The smart cities vertical is increasingly dominated by open platforms allowing the deployment of vendor-agnostic, holistic, and cross-vertical solutions and services. To further future-proof a sector concerned about technology lifecycle management, smart city standardization is equally important with initiatives from FIWARE, ETSI, and W3C starting to gain traction.

This report provides insight into platform requirements on a technical, service and business level and outlines how this will drive future smart city paradigms related to the sharing and service economies. The report also includes forecast of platform revenues per application category and type as well as detailed profiles of more than 30 platform vendors including Cisco, Verizon, InterDigital, Bosch, and IBM.


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Environmental Sensors: A Priority for Smart Cities

3Q 2018

Environmental sensors are fast becoming a key component of smart cities’ infrastructure as concerns about the impact of various forms of air pollution on citizens’ health increase. Air quality was retained as a key implementation criterion in ABI Research’s recently published Smart City Ranking. It cost cities such as Dubai and Beijing important points in the overall score.


Smart Parking and Smart Cities

4Q 2017

For city governments, smart parking represents a direct, short term revenue generating opportunity. It helps generate revenues from valuable parking space which is not monetized. In fact, it is one of a very small number of smart city applications which generates revenue, next to advertising on kiosks and other types of digital signage. Together with smart street lights and smart bins, this represents the “holy trinity” of current smart city applications.

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Navigating Smart Urban Spaces

Oct. 30, 2018, 2 p.m.

While a lot of the debate around smart cities is centered on how to digitize infrastructure through a range of connectivity and IoT technologies, very little attention has been given so far to the urgent issue of redefining public space to cope with new tech-driven paradigms like the sharing economy, automation, and more generally the new smart urban economy. Smart mobility in particular will not only require redefining how roads are designed but will also result in the dominance of cars in city centers comes to an end, freeing up road and parking space for pedestrian, 2-wheel vehicles and green spaces. More generally, city governments face the urgent challenge to define and design fundamentally new concepts of how the public space can be organized to accommodate new technologies and ways of urban living.

This webinar will also address the following questions:

  • What will streets and roads look like in the smart cities of the future?
  • How will distributed electric energy generation and consumption be integrated into the urban fabric?
  • How will building infrastructure evolve? Will mixed environments become the norm?
  • How and by whom will smart urban spaces be funded?
  • What are the time frames by which smart urban spaces will be deployed and implemented?
  • Who are the main vendors and suppliers of smart urban infrastructure?
  • Which countries and cities are expected to lead the way in smart urban spaces?